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Mad Men Premiere

MadMenhorizontalAvalon Jazz Band was invited to perform at the Los Angeles Mad Men premiere for the opening of their last season. We were the New York jazz band touch of the evening with a great musician lineup: Adrien Chevalier on violin, Gordon Webster on piano, Brandi Disterheft on bass, Andreas Svendsen on drums and Danny Lipsitz on saxophone, who also ravished the crowd with his cool rock’n’roll rendition of Heartbreak Hotel and Johnny B. Goode. Avalon’s lovely vocalist Tatiana Eva-Marie switched her repertoire up a bit to include 50’s and 60’s classics like My Guy, You Only Live Twice, Sugar Town and of course the unforgettable Zou Bisou Bisou, featured in Mad Men season 5, sung by the sexy-eyed Mrs Draper number 2, portrayed by Canadian actress Jessica Paré.

The evening was a lot of fun and we were very happy to have this opportunity to drink cocktails, play good music and bump into movie stars. Ah, Hollywood.

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The Manderley Bar: Sleep No More!

Avalon Jazz Band got to experience the hype first hand by performing a few times at the notorious Manderley Bar inside the haunted McKittrick Hotel, home of award-winning show Sleep No More. As soon as you walk in you are transported into another era: everything is red, everything is beautiful, everything is deliciously vintage, with a slight gothic touch. When you look around and see a bunch of people wearing “eyes wide shut” Venetian masks, it suddenly makes you feel hip and naughty. The decor obviously fit Avalon Jazz Band’s singer Tatiana Eva-Marie like a glove, and she got the audience howling like wolves out of a Tex Avery cartoon. Below is a picture of the band backstage: Kyle Schweitzer on the saxophone, Jeremy Bruyere on the bass, Gordon Webster on the piano and Adrien Chevalier on the guitar. Don’t miss our next performance at the Manderley Bar, it’s a great place to come listen to old school jazz.

Tatiana Eva-Marie Avalon Jazz Band Manderley Bar

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Jammin’ at Mona’s

Since our good friend swing guitarist Romain Constant is visiting from France, we decided to take him out for a night on the town and show him some of our cool New York musical spots. First we stopped by speakeasy/cabaret Sleep No More, located in the beautifully decadent 1930′s McKittrick Hotel, to call on our friend violinist Scott Tixier who was performing there with the Candy Shop Boys. Then, we all headed towards Alphabet City to get some New York pizza slices as a midnight snack before stepping into a time machine and being transported to Mona’s in the 1920′s. Every Tuesday, this famous bar turns into an old school swing jam, led by Mona’s Hot Four, which includes our pal stride mastermind Gordon Webster who performed on our CD “Paris Paris”. Romain Constant was delighted to sit in with them and bring some Django style Gypsy swing to the mix. Below are pictures of Romain Constant and Tatiana Eva-Marie jamming at Mona’s.

Mona’s Hot 4

Sleep No More

Gordon Webster